Book-Turned-Musical Dekada '70 Adds More Shows

The restaging of this Martial Law musical is more relevant than ever.

( The limited restaging of Dekada '70, a musical adapted by Pat Valera from Lualhati Bautista's 1983 novel of the same name, may not be over yet; but tickets for its three-week run are already sold out. So much so that Black Box Productions, producer of Mula sa Buwan and Dekada '70, announced a four-show extension from March 12 to 14. Venue is still at the Doreen Black Box Theater at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

All tickets for the four shows, which are on March 12 (8 p.m.), March 13 (8 p.m.), and March 14 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), are available through Ticket2Me. There are only 200 seats available per slot.

Dekada '70 follows the story of a middle-class family caught in the violence and tyranny of Ferdinand Marcos' regime. Instead of turning a blind eye to what's happening around them, the children of the Bartolome couple fought for their fellow Filipinos' rights—both by the power of the pen and the power of their voice. Intertwined in their story is a powerful libretto by Valera made even more moving by the music of Matthew Chang.


Julian Bartolome is played by Juliene Mendoza while Amanda Bartolome is played by Stella Cañete-Mendoza. The Bartolome brothers are: Jules (Jon Abella), Gani (Vincent Pajara), Em (Esteban Fulay Jr. and Boo Gabunada), Jason (Iggi Siasoco), and Bingo (Abe Autea). Rounding up the cast are: Juan Miguel Severo and Paw Castillo as Willy, Matel Patayon as Mara, Gel Basa and Justine Peña as Evelyn, and Victoria Mina as Tess.

Dekada '70 runs until March 14 at Doreen Black Box, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Tickets, priced from P1,300 to P1,500, are available through Ticket2Me.

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Main photo by Vlad Gonzales, from Dekada '70 / Facebook

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